The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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arrived safe ere this.  I had to leave town soon after noon yesterday to attend a brother ill with an attack of apoplexy, and to-day I have been very much engaged.  The place they stayed here is a considerable distance off.  I will make inquiry to-morrow morning, and in case any other disposition has been made of them than the above I will write thee.  I should think they have stopped to-day, in consequence of the rain, and most likely will arrive safe to-morrow.  In haste, thy friend,


Although having “to attend a brother, ill with an attack of apoplexy,” Garrett took time to attend to the interest of the “twenty-one,” as the above letter indicates.  How many other men in the United States, under similar circumstances, would have been thus faithful?

On another occasion deeply concerned for A FORWARDER OF SLAVES, he wrote thus: 

    WILMINGTON, 12th mo. 26th, 1855.

ESTEEMED FRIEND, WM. STILL:—­The bearer of this, George Wilmer, is a slave, whose residence is in Maryland.  He is a true man, and a forwarder of slaves.  Has passed some twenty-five within four months.  He is desirous of finding some of his relations, Wm. Mann and Thomas Carmichael, they passed here about a month since.  If thee can give him any information where they can be found thee will much oblige him, and run no risk of their safety in so doing.  I remain, as ever, thy sincere friend,


“Four able-bodied men,” form the subject of the subjoined correspondence: 

    WILMINGTON, 11th mo., 4th, 1856.

ESTEEMED FRIENDS, J. Miller McKim and William Still:—­Captain F., has arrived here this day, with four able-bodied men.  One is an engineer, and has been engaged in sawing lumber, a second, a good house-carpenter, a third a blacksmith, and the fourth a farm hand.  They are now five hundred miles from their home in Carolina, and would be glad to get situations, without going far from here.  I will keep them till to-morrow.  Please inform me whether thee knows of a suitable place in the country where the mechanics can find employment at their trades for the winter; let me hear to-morrow, and oblige your friend,


“What has become of Harriet Tubman?” (agent of the Underground Rail Road), is made a subject of special inquiry in the following note: 

    WILMINGTON, 3d mo., 27th, 1857.

ESTEEMED FRIEND, WILLIAM STILL:—­I have been very anxious for some time past, to hear what has become of Harriet Tubman.  The last I heard of her, she was in the State of New York, on her way to Canada with some friends, last fall.  Has thee seen, or heard anything of her lately?  It would be a sorrowful fact, if such a hero as she, should be lost from the Underground Rail Road.  I have just received a letter from Ireland, making inquiry respecting her.  If thee gets this in time, and knows anything respecting her, please drop me a line by mail to-morrow, and I will get it next morning if not sooner, and oblige thy friend.

    I have heard nothing from the eighth man from Dover, but trust
    he is safe.

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